How Does Wind Erosion Occur?

Wind erosion occurs in dry, bare areas when wind blows and moves dirt around. It damages crops by removing soil from the crops that need it and putting it somewhere else.

Wind erosion is a major cause of soil loss, deterioration of soil structure and causes soil to blow in and around homes, covering highways and roads and smothering crops.

During the process of wind erosion, suspension occurs when fine dirt is lifted into the air. Fine dirt travels long distances, high in the air.

Wind erosion can be prevented by soil tilling and by properly managing crops. Crop barriers and crop strips also help farmers escape the ravages of wind erosion.